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This Bride’s Bright Lehenga Will Convince You to Ditch the White Wedding Dress

I’ve always pictured myself coming down the aisle in a traditional lace wedding dress, but this stunning Bride just convinced me to consider color — fuchsia, coral and gold, to be exact. From the Bride’s gorgeous lehenga and traditional Hindu ceremony to the al fresco reception and lush florals from Michael Daigian Design, this day makes me wish I could turn back time so I could attend. See every magical moment from onelove photography in The Vault!

From the Bride… Ian and I had been dating for over 5 years when we went to Vietnam for my bar trip. I had been so absorbed with studying for the bar and planning the post-exam trip that an engagement was not on my mind. Plus, I had planned to give Ian some hints about the ring and never got around to doing that! One day in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Ian surprised me with a private sunset boat cruise. We got up to pose for a picture as the sun was setting and he dropped down on one knee and proposed using his grandmother’s ring! My first thought was that he was tying his shoe laces, which made no sense because it was summer and he was wearing sandals. 

We knew we wanted to share our passion for food and wine with our loved ones as well as take advantage of the beauty of our home state of California. We had just moved back to San Francisco from Chicago and looking for an outdoor venue in Napa or Sonoma county was an obvious choice for us.

Planning a Hindu wedding outdoors meant we had to get creative, as Hindu ceremonies are typically held indoors against a wall. What we ended up with was a beautiful view of the vineyard behind the mandap (stage with pillars), which was itself draped with fabric and adorned with flowers. We also wanted to get away from the colors you traditionally see in a Hindu wedding and went with softer colors that complemented the outdoor setting rather than distracted from it.

For the reception, we wanted our guests to sit down to a beautiful but comfortable setting. We arranged long tables in a square with the dance floor in the middle, which created a sense of unity. Tables were named after some of our favorite restaurants and, to the extent possible, we sat people at tables named after restaurants we’ve eaten at together or in the city they live. This was a fun way to spark memories and make recommendations.

Favorite moments? For me, it was the moment I locked eyes with Ian as I was walking down the aisle and saw the pure emotion on his face.

We also loved involving our family and friends in the ceremony. They all surrounded the mandap at one point to say a prayer and bless us.

Another one of our favorite moments was when we sat down at the reception and looked around at our guests having a great time. The sun was setting and we could feel the love.

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Photography: onelove photography | Cinematography: Buster Brown Productions | Event Planning: So Eventful (Pilar Mustafa) | Floral Design: Michael Daigian Design | Cake: Giorgi's Wedding Cakes | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Makeup: Brush Salon | DJ: Denon & Doyle | Venue: Stryker Sonoma | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Shuttle: Pure Luxury | Valet Parking: CPA Valet

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French-Inspired Wine Country Wedding at Geyserville Inn

Some of us love the glamorous brides, others the boho beauties… you know my favorite? The industry darlings. They’ve seen it all so they know their vision better than anyone and this Bride, founder and owner of L’Relyea Events knew what she was going for when she set out to create her own wedding wonderland. With Lori Paladino capturing every gorgeous EV Floral creation, atop all the lovely La Tavola linens – not to mention these cuties – it was a day made for our VAULT – see it all right here!

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From L’Relyea Events… Lindsey Relyea, owner and founder of L’Relyea Events, tied the knot to her long time love, Brandon, in a French-inspired wine country wedding. Lindsey wanted to incorporate her French heritage into the natural beauty that wine country and the Geyserville Inn had to offer. Through soft lavender and blush accents, lush florals and delicate decor, Lindsey and Brandon took their guests on a daydream escape to the countryside of France. Many people ask, “How does a wedding planner plan their own wedding when they’ve seen all the options and choices?” Lindsey knew one thing was true for her dream wedding: less is more. Her vision included simple pastel tones with heavy floral details. Don’t get us wrong, this wasn’t a quiet affair. Lindsey and Brandon wanted their guests to feel invited to all things “fun” for this weekend wedding. They did this by including lounge vignettes, a whiskey bar, lawn games, polaroid cameras throughout, a trolley for transportation, a rehearsal dinner at Francis Ford Coppola Winery and LOTS of dancing.

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Photography: Lori Paladino Photography | Cinematography: Weddings On Film | Event Planning + Design: L'Relyea Events | Floral Design: EV Floral | Cake: Moustache Baked Goods | Catering: Geyserville Inn | Hair + Makeup: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | DJ: Boutique DJ's | Transportation: Napa Valley Tours & Transportation | Venue: Geyserville Inn | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Chic Rustic Winery Wedding in California

This here wedding should really come with a warning label. Because the pretty you’re about to peruse? Heart. Stopping. It’s the type of loveliness one can always expect from a vineyard graced with California sunshine. So be still beating heart, because we’ve got it all straight from the lens of Silvana Di Franco Photography in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…The architecture of the building was very important to Gavin. We wanted to get married at a place that reflected our design aesthetic and fell in love with Stryker. It’s simple, modern and slightly rustic aesthetic really resonated with us.

The space was perfect for the experience we wanted to create. Each part of the evening was in a different space that highlighted the emotions of the event. The ceremony location was in the lower gardens, which made us feel as through we were nestled in the vines. The cocktail hour was in the tasting room, which provided a birds eye view of the vines and a beautiful sunset. For dinner, we descended into the barrel room, which felt intimate and smelled of oak and wine. Finally, for dancing, the party moved to the upstairs gardens, which are beautifully festive.

The lighting in the evening was also beautiful. It provided shade for the guests at the ceremony and incredible sunset views from the tasting room. The size was also perfect. We wanted it to feel intimate and it comfortably accommodated our party size.

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Photography: Silvana Di Franco Photography | Event Planning: Shannon Leahy | Floral Design: Cherries Flowers | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Cake: Moustache Baked Goods | Catering: Jessica Lasky Fine Catering | Hair And Makeup: Marisa Perel | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Stryker Winery | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother